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'Rugrats' Outruns 'Enemy'

Box OfficeKids' movie based on animated TV series bests Will Smith action film in surprisingly strong debut.

November 23, 1998|RICHARD NATALE | SPECIAL TO THE TIMES

The news was even worse for "The Siege," which ceded most of the adult audience interest it had to "Enemy of the State," claiming few hostages with $3.5 million in its third weekend (a paralyzing 57% drop) and $32 million to date.

"I'll Be Home for Christmas" may not hang around much past Thanksgiving, judging by its $2.5-million second-weekend gross in 1,776 theaters and a very un-merry $7 million in 10 days.

Rounding out the top 10, "Pleasantville" keeps on trucking with $2.4 million on 1,715 screens in its fifth weekend, having taken in a pleasant $35 million or so to date. And while "Rugrats" knocked "Antz" to ninth place in the standings, after two months the computer-animated adventure is still in 2,002 theaters with a feisty $2.3 million estimate. "Antz" has now topped $84 million.

Of the specialized films debuting this weekend, the most promising appears to be the Irish whimsy "Waking Ned Devine," which debuted to a projected $145,252 in only nine theaters, for a strong $16,000 per screen. The Brazilian film "Central Station" also showed some vigor in its two-theater New York opening with $36,000. It debuts in Los Angeles on Wednesday.

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